EUGENE, Ore. -- Motorcyclists from across the Northwest will be taking a trip through Oregon this weekend for the annual Officer Chris Kilcullen Memorial Ride.
The ride honors fallen Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen, who died in the line of duty in 2011.
Friends and family say Chris was a pay it forward type of guy. The tour raises money for non-profits and a memorial scholarship fund, helping keep Kilcullen’s kind spirit and generosity alive.
“He loved animals, he loved kids. As a result he started a lot of things in our community like the Child Inspection Program for the Eugene Police,” said ride organizer Brian Antone.
Bikers participating in the 2014 Chris Kilcullen Memorial Ride will travel a 248-mile circuit around Oregon to Bend – mileage reflecting the badge number that the fallen officer wore on his chest.
Antone said the money will go to help non-profits and provides individuals in need with financial assistance.
“Spending some days and dollars (to) support a cause,” said rider Hank Gaut. “It’s much better than the idea of what most people have about bikers.